Great Bear Rainforest

The spirit bear (also known as Kermode Bear) makes its home in the Great Bear Rainforest. © Andrew Wright / www.cold-coast.com

Greenpeace fought for a decade to ensure greater protection for the magnificent Great Bear Rainforest, and continues to work with the B.C. government and other partners to ensure the forest’s long-term sustainability.

Stretching along the coast from Vancouver to Alaska, the Great Bear Rainforest is the largest tract of intact coastal temperate rainforest in the world. The forest was threatened by industrial logging and mining. Habitat for elk, eagles and bears was being destroyed.

On March 31, 2009, the B.C. government announced the preservation of 50 per cent of the Great Bear Rainforest, following through on part of its 2006 promise to protect 70 per cent. Greenpeace, our environmental partners, the B.C. government, First Nations and logging companies celebrated. The B.C. government called the agreement the “most significant environmental announcement in the province’s history.” We agree.

The Great Bear Rainforest agreement also includes more restrictive logging regulations, recognizes First Nations as governments and supports sustainable development in First Nations communities. Although many parts of the plan are being implemented, Greenpeace’s campaign to protect the rainforest is not over. The B.C. government has committed to setting aside 70 per cent of the natural level of old growth forest by 2014. We will make sure it does.

How Greenpeace protects the Great Bear Rainforest

  • Exposing environmental problems: We cast a spotlight on industrial projects that threaten the health of the rainforest.
  • Engaging in solutions-based discussions: We are involved in ongoing discussions with our environmental partners, First Nations, the forestry industry and the B.C. government. Learn more about this global solution in the making.
  • Pressuring the marketplace: We communicate with companies that buy wood from the rainforest, urging them to use their purchasing power to influence logging practices. We encourage Forest Stewardship Council certification for logging companies.
  • Supporting communities: We support First Nations in their efforts to diversify their economies and increase their governance over their traditional territories.
  • Advocating for wildlife and ecosystems: Species in the rainforest are at risk of extinction despite commitments in the agreement. We push for the conservation of habitat.

The latest updates

 

Greenpeace spotlights key species in the Great Bear Rainforest to help ensure...

Feature story | October 18, 2010 at 9:01

The Great Bear Rainforest is an emerald on Canada’s West Coast, stretching along two-thirds of the British Columbia coast to Alaska. It’s the traditional territory of many coastal First Nations, whose peoples have called this region home for...

BC municipalities and First Nations vote unanimously against Enbridge

Blog entry by Stephanie Goodwin, B.C. Director for Greenpeace | October 3, 2010

Last week, Enbridge’s Northern Gateway Pipelines proposal took more collateral damage from very powerful groups in British Columbia: the First Nations Summit and the Union of B.C. Municipalities. The First Nations Summit Chiefs’...

An Enbridge cocktail is not worth a leaky pipeline

Blog entry by Brett Parker | September 29, 2010

Despite vast opposition from First Nations, environmental activists, and concerned citizens, Enbridge continues its relentless campaign to convince the leaders of BC communities that the proposed Northern Gateway Pipelines, which would...

Greenpeace occupation succeeds in sending strong message to Enbridge

Feature story | July 29, 2010 at 15:20

(Vancouver) — More than 24 hours after Greenpeace started its occupation of Enbridge’s downtown Vancouver office, the protest has come to an end. Activists succeeded in sending a strong message to the pipeline giant that it must not build its...

The Pipeline that would Poison Paradise

Blog entry by Stephanie Goodwin | July 28, 2010 3 comments

by Stephanie Goodwin, Greenpeace B.C. Director Greenpeace activist Brian Beaudry and I have been locked down in our large protest camp outside Enbridge Pipelines' downtown Vancouver office for the past eight hours. We are...

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